Meeting My Young Doppelganger

I’ve been told countless times how I remind someone of a person they know. Yet, this time it felt different.

In March 2011, my husband and I were on a tour of the ballroom of the Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston with hotel’s cafe manager, Tina. During a lull in the ‘official conversation,’ Tina told me that I looked just like the hotel’s PR director. She delicately added that Christine Hopkins was a younger version of me.

I took Tina’s comments to heart for two reasons. One, that my doppelganger is a PR professional and two, that back in 1979, I was on the Houston PR team handling the grand reopening of the Hotel Galvez property. It was quite a coincidence and something worth investigating, I thought.

Curious to see what Tina saw in me and my Galveston “twin,” I looked up Christine on Facebook. I agreed there was a strong resemblance and sent Christine a private message on Facebook about Tina’s observation. She and I became Facebook friends. That summer, I thought we’d have the opportunity to meet when both of us had bookings on FOX 26 Morning News on the same day. (I saw her post on Facebook regarding a segment on the 100th anniversary of the Hotel Galvez.) Unfortunately, FOX was going “live” from the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, while I was accompanying my client for an in-studio interview in Houston. So, that plan was foiled.

Fast forward to December 2012. I’m with friends sailing from Kemah to Galveston the Saturday after Christmas. We dock at the Galveston Yacht Club and are enjoying viewing the sundown on the deck before going to the Strand for dinner. Our friend and captain had made arrangements for his close Galveston friend to pick us up for dinner. The friend shows up with his date and as she is boarding the sailboat, I look up and realize, “OMG, Christine?” Sure enough, she’s dating our friend/captain’s good friend! Talk about serendipity!

We sat together at dinner at the Saltwater Grill and chatted virtually non-stop.

Here’s the photo we took that night: I’m on the left(!) with Christine Hopkins, APR, Director of Communications at Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House, Harbor House Hotel and Marina in Galveston. @GalvTravelGirl on Twitter.

A shout out to Tina, at the Hotel Galvez, and to Facebook, for being the social media link.

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Finding my young Doppelganger, Christine Hopkins, APR

Finding my young Doppelganger, Christine Hopkins, APR

2 Responses to “Meeting My Young Doppelganger”

  1. Shirley Barr says:

    Charming blog! Christine should be so lucky to be doppelganger of Susan, the PR Fairy.
    She never meets a stranger; never committed to a charity cause she didn’t embrace; never fails to give 100% to her clients. What more could one want in a PR counselor?

  2. PR Fairy says:

    Thanks, Shirley! I loved our visit today. You are such a wonderful mentor!

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